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June 30, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers_revenge_of_the_fallen_poster3a Michael Bay's soul-sucking extravaganza of metal machine warfare is remarkable for the lethargy with which the clunky story drags from one silly sequence to another. Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, now a college freshman distracted by his oh-so-hot long distance girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox) when it becomes clear that he holds the key to defeating the Decepticons. What little there is of a story teeters between frothy sexed-up humor, ghost-in-the-machine narration from Autobot leader Optimus Prime, and souped-up CGI of giant robots. The filmmakers give an elderly robot a cane to signify his elderly state--hello, he's a robot--while having a couple of Autobots talk in ghetto speak. The script's desperate grab for any kind of attention--negative or otherwise--is sure to leave intelligent audience members feeling insulted and cheated. The spectacle on display isn't even all that impressive. You might make it out of the movie with your soul barely intact, but the actors in the film don't fare so well. 
Rated PG-13. 144 mins. (D) (One Star)


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I just got back from seeing this movie in the theater and after about the first 1/2 hour I was just waiting for it to FINALLY end. There were too many action sequences which were seemingly pointless or unnecessary to the plot. The plot or the main goals of the characters kept changing and was all over the place, like the movie didn't know what it wanted to show. The acting of Shia Lebouef was way over the top and at times made me cringe with embarassment. Megan Fox seemingly had no point at all to the story except to run around looking pretty in nice clothing. There was ZERO character development and after the first 1/2 hour of the movie I started having trouble telling Autobots, Decepticons, and individual robots apart because there were so many of them and I found it hard to follow who was doing what and why. What a mess! I still can't decipher what it was that I saw as I sit here and type this. Michael Bay has taken what could have been a really cool movie and made it into a huge joke. It's sad because Transformers fiction is really cool and what Bay has done is almost a crime, to treat good fiction and sci-fi the way this horrid movie turned out. Awful.

Michael Bay has always been about big budget, big explosions, big music and sound, with any food for the brain dispersed in tiny morsels (at best).

With this film he has finally gone too far and the general public has caught him in the act. By comparasion, in most of his previous blockbusters people were fooled by the silliness and flashing lights, I guess he figured if he doubled the intensity of these cheap gimmicks he would reap double the success? WRONG! Hahaha, the jokes on you, Mike - compared to real directors your a hasbin.

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